I suggest you start by only decluttering things of little value and decide which charity shop it will go to before you start. If you walk past this shop at any time you might want to use carrier bags to declutter into – then you can simply hand the bag into the shop when it suits you. Most of the larger charity shops will send your stuff to a different location if you ask them to, so you don’t need to look at it again.
A note about Charity Bags: All you need to do is leave a full bag of clutter outside your house but be aware that the majority of the money made by selling these clothes will not go to a charity. The clothes you donate are sorted into sellable and recycling and then sold on to other companies to make money out of. The collectors pay so much to the partner charity per ton collected.
www.charitybags.org.uk says “Taking your unwanted clothes etc to a charity shop raises around 50 times more money for charity compared with giving your clothes to a typical house-to-house ‘charity’ collector !”
But, if it is difficult for you to take stuff to a charity shop yourself, a charity bag is better than it sitting around your house.
You can also:
- Sign up to your local Freecycle, or Freegle, which ever is more active in your area. These are free and they are full of people willing to collect your unwanted stuff.
- There are many local groups for buying, selling and giving stuff away on Facebook. Try searching for “Buy and Sell” or “Facebay” in your area. My local group is called BS5 Booty!
- Try Preloved to sell your stuff
If you have lots of random stuff that could be sold in a yard or car boot sale but you just want it out of your house, try advertising it as ‘bag of jumble’ on Freecycle and someone else can profit from selling it.